Date: 8/28/17 6:18 pm From: John Fussell <jofuss...> Subject: bird observation during the eclipse
I experienced the eclipse at the Daventon Baptist Church parking lot, southern Greenville County.
I thought that that would be a neat place to see the eclipse. My great-grandparents donated the land for the church about 100 years ago, and I had been there only once before. That was in 1955 or 1956.
About half-way into the "pre-partial eclipse", I became aware of 4 or 5 Chimney Swifts that were calling and flying around in the vicinity. I heard them at least a few times during the rest of the pre-partial eclipse. I definitely did not hear them during the total eclipse. However, within a second or two of the full eclipse ending, when those first rays of the sun burst through, I heard them again. They were very vocal, calling VERY fast and excitedly.
Really neat experience. I'm glad we made the drive (even with the I-95 being a nightmare on the way back--didn't get home 'til 3am).